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Nah….you don’t really want it

Reflecting a bit today on my Dad. He passed over a decade ago. He consciously threw in the towel after struggling for over thirty years with a long and debilitating illness. He was a self-taught, self-made man with a 10 grade education who wound up being one of the most successful single-family home builders in the Cook and DuPage county areas of Chicagoland. Above all, he wasn’t afraid of working hard and pushing his limits.

I was the rebellious son, the middle child who would have nothing to do with my father’s rigid ways and pragmatic thinking. My and my reprobate buddies had some get-rich-quick schemes that never seemed to work out.

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The odd thing I found was the older I got the smarter I found Dad to be. So, for the past ten years I’ve devoted all my energy and waking hours to learning all I could about the film business, building professional relationships, enhancing my brand and applying it all to the process of making films. I estimate I’ve got about 12,000 hours into this new career.

I have a cousin who ate up my father’s wisdom chapter and verse. He recalls a time when, as a teenager, he told my Dad at a back yard barbecue that he wanted to be a millionaire. My Dad told him, “Nah, you really don’t wan’t it.”  My cousin replied, “yes, unc…I really do!” Dad cut him off, “no…you don’t because millionaires and driven people don’t have time for barbecues, goofing around, wasting time…or much else. You have to have drive.”

Today my cousin is a multi-millionaire. He’s a self-taught, avid reader with an academic pedigree of a high-school diploma. And, he’s one of the most brilliant, intelligent and generous people I’ve ever met.

Drive.

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Swept Up In The Hype Machine

 

Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you’ve made is worth the misery of having to review it.  –  Federico Fellini 

P & A. Prints and Advertising. In the digital age the ‘P’ has become less important than the ‘A’. As an advertising professional, I am not immune to the veiled attempts of many film marketers to inject interest in the back story when the story quality of the movie itself is questionable. What relevance does the director/writer/producer’s sexual confusion, suicidal tendencies or high school traumas have to do with the watchability of film they’ve created? Does the director’s near fatal car accident while on the set make the film itself more interesting? The film industry is going through a tumultuous time. Movie attendance is dwindling, DVD’s are going the way of 8-track tapes and promoting 100 million dollar bombs may finally cause us to shrug and pull our collective marketing heads out of the clouds (or another less pleasant area) and re-focus on providing audiences with good movies built around even better stories. Nothing beats word of mouth.

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